Sustainable development is a core objective of the European Union: we need to ensure that our present socio-economic development does not compromise our future. Current EU policies are based on the renewed Sustainable Development Strategy (EU SDS) [pdf 191 Kb] of June 2006, where research and development (R&D) plays an important and multifaceted role.
‘The Seventh Framework Programme reflects our joined up approach to sustainability’

Janez Potočnik, Commissioner responsible for Science and Research.

The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) has been set up to allow European research to live up to the R&D needs expressed in the EU renewed sustainable development strategy.

This web portal is the entry point to consolidated information on FP7's contribution to sustainable development. When browsing through this website, you can find out about the multiple means through which FP7 contributes to sustainable development. Furthermore, you can explore links to national and regional initiatives on sustainable development research, learn about the sustainability potential of the European Research Area, and find out about relevant events.

Sustainable development: a challenge for European research

Conference and call for papers

The European Commission's Research DG is preparing a major conference on “Sustainable Development: a challenge for European research” that will take place 26-28 May 2009, in Brussels. The Scientific Committee of the conference, chaired by Prof. Jaeger from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the European Climate Forum, is pleased to invite submissions of papers for this conference.

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